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Posted on Jun 20, 2014 1:19:54 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule:

We have a lot of open dates.....(only one more and June will be all booked up... )

Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 20... also about the time...
Susan - Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22, start time - 10 pm or 6 am EDT
Kajola - Monday, June 23, start time between 11PM & 1AM EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Tuesday, June 24
Tippetarius Wed June 25 and Thurs June 26, start time around 10pm EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Friday, June 27
Susan - Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, start time - 10 pm or 6 am EDT

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Monday, June 30
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Posted on Jun 20, 2014 1:20:17 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ Book Discussion....

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

A good book can take you anywhere, anytime... Ann Key

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 1:21:23 AM PDT
I ran across this while cleaning out an old tote bag....

Older Woman's Words of Wisdom.........!

If I Had My Life to Live Over

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd
have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly
and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I've had my moments and if I had it to do over
again, I'd have more of them. In fact,
I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments.

One after another, instead of living so many
years ahead of each day.

I've been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

If I had it to do again, I would travel lighter next time.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

By Nadine Stair (age 85)
from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty Hansen

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 1:23:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2014 2:44:07 AM PDT
Today is the 72nd birthday of Brain Wilson..
If the name doesn't ring a bell with you, I bet his work does...

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer known for being the principal songwriter, co-lead vocalist, bassist, producer, arranger, and co-founder of The Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in mid-1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.[2] Due to his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement, and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike.[3][4]

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed and produced Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums of all time.[3] The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was cancelled for various reasons, which included Wilson's deteriorating mental health. As he suffered through multiple nervous breakdowns, Wilson's contributions to the Beach Boys diminished and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. After years of treatment and recuperation, he began performing and recording consistently as a solo artist, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile and The Smile Sessions. On the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, Wilson briefly returned to record and perform with the group. He remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.

Brain Wilson interview on 20/20......

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 2:00:40 AM PDT
Just a few of the Beach Boys songs...

and just for fun....(no pun intended..)

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 4:37:16 AM PDT
Lenora says:
Good morning Sandy! :) Thanks for your generosity in starting again! I'm still trying to wake up, but I'll be sure to check out the beach boys videos in a bit. I now have a Good Vibrations earworm going, though. So my brain is moving in the right direction. :)

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 6:21:44 AM PDT
Toward Night's End by M. H. Sargent, 253 pgs., mystery/thriller/suspense > historical, police procedural, avg. 4.5 stars on 62 reviews.
Publication Date: May 18, 2011
This WWII novel of Japanese-American honor and patriotism begins on March 30, 1942 when more than 250 Japanese-Americans living on Bainbridge Island, in Puget Sound, Washington, are being evacuated. The process goes quite smoothly until the Army discovers that a 21-year old Japanese-American fisherman, Matthew Kobata, is missing. During their search for Matthew, two Caucasian men are found murdered on the island.
Seattle detective Elroy Johnstone has come to the island to investigate the murders, and evidence is leading him to suspect Matthew may be involved. But he is one step behind as Matthew escapes on his fishing boat. With Matthew now emerging as the prime suspect in the murders, the detective's investigation then takes him to Seattle where another murder has occurred. This time a Japanese-American.
Complicating matters, the coroner finds that both the Japanese-American and one of the Caucasian men have identical tattoos, both on the left ankle. But what do these tattoos mean? And who has killed these three men? Matthew? And if so, why? And most important, where is Matthew?
Johnstone's investigation will take him from Seattle's Naval Air Station to the Manzanar Relocation Center in Owens Valley, California, and back to Bainbridge Island. And, although he doesn't know it, the clock is ticking and a countdown is in place for an event that could result in the unthinkable taking place Toward Night's End.
M.H. Sargent is also the author of the CIA thriller MP-5 series Seven Days From Sunday, The Shot To Die For, Operation Spider Web, The Yemen Connection and Alliance of Evil.
From the Author
This book was inspired by a true story:
My grandfather had a dairy farm in Norwalk, California for many years. He was an attorney and like many farmers in that region, he had Japanese-American tenant farmers handle the day-to-day operations of the farm. When the war started and the Japanese-Americans were put in camps, it was left to the land owners, their kids, etc., to help keep the farms going. A neighbor's teenager, then doing the chores that the Japanese-Americans usually did, uncovered an anti-aircraft gun hidden under a huge haystack in the barn. The Army was called and they picked up the massive weapon.
When I first heard this story, my imagination went into overdrive. How did they even get an anti-aircraft gun? When was it going to be used? Was there some sort of plan? A date of an attack and they were going to use it against our own planes? Of course, hearing the story also went against everything I have always believed - that the Japanese-Americans should not have been sent to camps, they were pro-America, etc. But then I realized that you can't put tens of thousands of people all in one category.
What happened on that farm in Norwalk, California, did in fact happen. However, to this day, I firmly believe the reasoning behind incarcerating Japanese-Americans to internment camps was wrong. This is clear when you look back in history at the many Nisei - second generation Japanese-Americans - who served this country honorably in combat during the war.

Beginner's Digital SLR Crash Course: Complete guide to mastering digital photography basics, understanding exposure, and taking better pictures. by Deep Cove Publishing, 67 pgs., photography, avg. 4.4 stars on 113 reviews.
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Who Else Wants To Take Better Pictures?
That's what this guide is all about; making the most of your digital camera, so that you can create beautiful photographs. You won't find all the complicated technical jargon that fills other books and blogs. I was like you at one point - I was just a guy who had no clue how to use all the fancy features of my new digital camera, and it was an extremely frustrating experience. My pictures were awful, and I was starting to question why I spent so much money on a DSLR.
Sound familiar?
I decided I wouldn't settle for mediocre results, so I spent years of trial and (mostly) error to figure out all the tips and little known tricks that I'll help you learn in this concise digital photography guide.
Give Me 24 Hours - And I'll Make You A Better Photographer
I'm going to teach you how to take better photos today. You'll see an improvement in your photos right away and they'll keep getting even better as you practice. Students in my digital photography workshops pay $100 per hour to see drastic improvement in their photography, and you get all the same information at a fraction of the cost. I believe in the 80/20 rule; I'm going to give you 20% of the tricks that will get 80% of the results so you can spend more time doing what you love.
Are You Harnessing The Creative Power Of These 3 Camera Modes?
Shooting in automatic mode can produce a decent photo every now and then, but you have zero creative control. The digital SLR cameras on the market offer several better modes to create beautiful photos. I'm going to walk you through each one of those modes, one at a time, so that you know exactly how and when to use them. The camera modes we'll master together include:
Aperture Priority mode (Av, A)
Shutter Priority mode (Tv, S)
Manual Mode (M)
Warning: If You Shoot In Auto Mode, You Have Wasted $1000
Prices have come down significantly, but cameras are still really expensive. There's no point in having an expensive camera if you're just shooting in Auto mode, because you could have spent a tenth the money for the same results. If you don't take advantage of the more advanced modes that you'll master with this guide, you've wasted hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a tool you can't use properly.
11 More Things You'll Learn About Your Digital Camera
In addition to all the shooting modes, I'll teach you everything you need to know about:
Image size
Image quality
Memory cards
Color space
ISO speed
Digital noise
White balance
Composition tips
Photo storage tips
Camera accessories for the (not so) beginner
5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Photographer Than 99% Of Beginners
Once you understand the basics in this book, it's really not hard to be a great photographer. I'm not promising that you'll sell out galleries in New York, but I guarantee if you follow these five simple principles that are covered in depth within this guide, you'll stand out from the crowd of beginners.
Set yourself up for success by pre-programming your camera.
Capture tack sharp photos, every single time.
Find subjects that jump off the screen.
Harness the correct camera mode for the situation.
Effectively use composition principles to lead the viewer's eye.
If You Don't Learn The Basics Now, You Won't Forgive Yourself Later
This photography crash course has helped thousands of people get the most out of their digital SLR cameras, which has lead to tens of thousands of beautiful photos being taken, which has ultimately lead to hundreds of thousands of smiling faces. What are you waiting for?

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 6:32:42 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Sandy!

´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯` FRIDAY QUESTION´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯`

Since we have so many new friends here, let's see again who rules......Is it Dogs or Cats??
There's also new pets who have been added since we last checked. I will keep a tally.

I have just 1 cat now....her name is Rufus!

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 6:53:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2014 7:09:36 AM PDT
My zoo:
1 cat: Nikko, a domestic long-haired marmalade tabby who suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (no matter how much attention he gets, it's not enough and he has a deficit).
3 dogs: Dog, a fugitive from the county animal shelter, he probably has a name but if he told us, he'd have to kill us; Missy, the boxer/bulldog mutt that he got in trouble; Tigger, a a tiger-striped brindle of brown and black and the only one of their 8 puppies for whom we couldn't find a home. (He also likes to bounce out of tall grass, as though he were a tiger stalking prey.)
1 Palomino Quarter Horse: Magnolio Palomino, he's 16.3 hands (67 inches) high and definitely mine.
1 Thoroughbred retired racehorse: Connor, who is legally owned by someone else but who depends on me for care, affection, etc.

2 hens, one Rhode Island red, one Ameracauna; they are not actually pets, as they do not care for people -- only for the vegetable scraps and feed people provide. The red, who lays brown eggs, is either named Amaryllis, Cherry, or Rose -- it became impossible to tell them apart so I don't know who survived and who went to hen heaven. The other one is named Lily, because she lays pale, sage green eggs, like Easter eggs.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 7:04:54 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start Sandy. I like the thought of having fewer imaginary troubles.
1 cat, 1 dog here. The cat thinks she owns the house. She better get a job and help fix the basement!

From my watchlist:
Destined to Kill: A Destined Novel (Destined Novels Book 1) - Jourdyn Kelly - PN Action/Adventure
Look Sharpe!: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure (Valkyrie Book 3) - Karen Perkins - Historical Fiction

Other picks this morning:
Four Letter Words - Charlotte Howard - Contemporary Romance
The Seed of Haman (The HaZikaron Series) - C. W. Hambleton - Action/Adventure
Enforcer - Travis Hill - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
The Godstones: Luxor (The God Stones) - M. Curry - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Pieces of Ivy - Dean Covin - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
The French Orphan - Amelia Treader - Historical Romance
Small Terrors (Tony Devlin Action/Adventure Triology Book 2) - Paul Mac Neill - Action/Adventure
A Tudor Displaced (Destiny Series Book 3) - L. A. Hilden - Historical Romance

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 7:39:41 AM PDT
WYRenegade says:
Good morning everyone! Thanks for the open Sandy!

We have 3 dogs, and 2 cats now. Kody and Timber are huskies, Molly our golden retriever and Sissy, a tortie, and Nelly, a grey tuxedo, are our cats. I'm definitely a cat person though and DH is a dog person. We have no kids so we rescue as many furbabies as we can. I'm hoping to rescue another kitty now that Sidney and KitKat are gone but my heart is not ready yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 8:15:25 AM PDT
KaJoLa says:
My daughter took schizo cat Noah with her when she moved out so we are down to 3 cats: Blue is the oldest and biggest male - mostly white with some tan/orange, Diablo is a small female grey tabby, and Beautiful Gorgeous is a female tortoise shell.

We have one dog, Angel, a large female mixed breed from the SPCA. She is supposed to be part pit bull and part rotweiler, but we think there may be other breeds mixed in there, too.

We have a mom with four young groundhogs under our shed. They are just too cute for words. I am sure I won't feel that way when they get bigger, but they will probably relocate. The mom takes them on excursions into the woods often. She must be a young mom 'cause she is not very big for an adult groundhog.

Moccassin, a cottontail rabbit that my daughter nursed back to health last spring, still comes back to our yard occasionally.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 8:50:14 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy

Thanks for starting us off with such good words of wisdom - I would certainly like to do most of that next time around ;-)

Also thanks for the links to great music, love the Beach Boys, they always put me in a good mood and make me want to dance.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 8:52:58 AM PDT
Lenora says:
I don't have any pets right now. The management company that owns my complex has a $400 nonrefundable pet deposit for one animal plus $15/mo pet rent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 8:53:42 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Suze

Great question, you are right we need to update the check-list :-D

Rudi-Puss would like to be counted amongst the Cats Rule group, though I am not sure that he knows that he is a cat since he was only very little last time he saw another animal, but he can play fetch and catch so perhaps he is a dog in his mind, but we all know that he is like his owner ..... he loves chocolate

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 8:54:19 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Plays
Didn't you used to have a miniature goat too ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 9:04:10 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Lenora
I remember you telling us about that, I think it is really mean - what on earth would they need that $400 deposit for - I would expect them to take my pet for a walk for that money LOL
At a push one could perhaps stretch to the monthly fee, but that deposit just beats everything IMO

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 9:15:51 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The Rainy Season by J. Adams

"Life is a fickle thing, and destiny is as unpredictable as the shifting of the wind.

When I was ten years old, I wasn't concerned about either of those things until the day my mother died. That single event changed the course of my life, pointing me towards a destiny I could never have foreseen, and a love I couldn't have forsaken even if I tried."

This is the story of a girl who was handed a life she never expected, encountering a love she could never deny.

"Such an inspirational read...simply lovely. I enjoyed reading this book and will read it again to remind me of the life I must live and cherish."

"This was a very heart felt book. Very touching. I absolute loved it."

"The love this author writes about must be a love she live each day. No one could make this up!"

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 9:16:43 AM PDT
Suze says:
Lunch Time Update.......Cats are ahead by 1!!!

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 9:20:18 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy - Book One (Suspense/Adventure) by Kathryn Guare

Winner, 2014 Finalist Medal for Best Action/Adventure Novel, Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Readers who love "thrillers with heart" will find everything they're looking for in this award-winning book - the first in a new suspense series.
Meet Conor McBride. He's even more interesting than the trouble he gets into.
A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother.
On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him.
But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing-and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.
As the latest addition to the popular "thrillers with heart" genre, reviewers are praising this new suspense series and its irresistible hero:
"A true international thriller!"
" intense adrenaline-pumping plot with all the twists and turns you would expect from the genre and an irresistible hero. Kudos to Guare for creating my new literary crush."
"...a refreshing take on the mystery/thriller/spy genre. I was totally glued to the novel, and stayed up late last night as I was so captivated with the book."
"...unlike a lot of suspense/thrillers I've read, the characters were really complex and vivid. Conor McBride is an especially great character and I hated to have the book end because I wanted to spend more time with him."
"If you like suspense novels, you'll love this one! Conor McBride is not your typical detective/spy."
"...pages and pages of sheer action that kept me glued to my kindle for a whole night!"
"I found myself worrying about Conor while I was at work and not reading!"
"Absolutely terrific book...The characters are grand, especially the hero."
Scroll up to grab your copy of the first installment in this action-packed thriller/suspense series.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 9:27:29 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
I know that there are several people collecting this series

Drifter - Book Four (The 1929 Series) by M.L. Gardner

This is the fourth book in the epic 1929 Series.
We are led into the world of Richard Sloan, a Massachusetts missing person's detective who seems to be losing his touch. After six months he hasn't found anyone alive and becomes desperate to redeem his reputation.
Aryl Sullivan, who suffered amnesia in a boating accident, finds himself caught up in a series of events that land him in London. While in the hands of Gina, a secretive and controlling woman, and her boss, Mickey, Aryl is forever changed as he does what he has to in order to survive.
Following leads on a serial cop killer terrorizing Boston, Detective Sloan unwittingly stumbles on information that leads him to Aryl Sullivan, a man everyone in Rockport thinks is dead.

It seems that that whole series is free for Prime Members

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 10:10:43 AM PDT
Happy Friday everyone (or Happy Saturday for our friends across the ponds :) !!

I have four cats at this point, Princess our siamese who lived a long wonderful life of 18 years crossed the rainbow bridge in January
Walter - BIG black cat, he's 10
Mike - beautiful tortoise shell, she's 12
Uno - another tortie and her sister Dos, they were originally my son's cats but now mine LOL they are around 5

All of my animals have been rescues

We had dogs, but as each one passed we didn't get another - hated walking them at 5:30 in the morning when the temps were 10 below 0 LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 10:17:53 AM PDT
Lenora says:
It used to be $250. I thought that was reasonable if carpets were to be replaced and they risk the possibility of damages. $400 just seems excessive. The monthly fee I can see because they do provide dog waste stations with bags throughout the complex. They're monitored and new boxes of bags put in and the container for used bags emptied when it's getting full.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 10:26:53 AM PDT
Pruney Toes says:
I have 2 dogs,a Chihuahua mix and a Maltese. My granddaughter who lives with me has 2 dogs, SPCA rescue mixed breeds. My grandson who also lives with me has 7 cats. Bitsy (my 17 year old dog)crossed the rainbow bridge about a month ago.
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